Corbin wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:41 am
Faith, while often attributed to religion, really isn't
My mother who is strictly non religious, has a faith unlike anyone I know. She feels all will work out as it should, probably attributing that to her lack of belief, in that the Universe works on it's own accord and in it's own time. While we may have some influence over the outcome through prayer and energy work, it is our perfect love and "trust" that will get us to the other side. Faith is that trust.
Yes to all of this above! Thank you for both pointing out faith and religion are not synonymous. I was using it in the terms of the people who I was referencing who do use it synonymously, but yes you’re correct that it is not. I guess I could say I have faith in myself. If I have a problem I’m going to search for an answer. And, usually that means I will have to take action. I’m not one to wallow in my struggles.
So much of what you said about your mother resonated with me FF, about my own mother. She use to be religious but is more “spiritual” these days. I could see her saying something similar to what you said. She doesn’t talk about those things much and never tries to push any beliefs on me, unlike the family members I was referring to in my OP. I need to try to remember that and look to her for advice and guidance on the subject.
Having had more time to think about it I realize now why some of what was being said was bothering me and I was less able to just say thank you for the prayers. Since I recently spelled that out in a message in the forum, I’ll copy and paste that bit here:
“Please send all the reiki you can muster! We'll take anything we can get. That's what I wish my family understood also. I don't resent their prayer, I welcome it! It's just the "If you believe like me, God will take care of everything" that bugs me. When we originally got bad news, they would say "I know God is going to take care of you and that baby and everything is going to be alright" and while I'm so grateful and happy that so far they have been right, in the moment what they said didn't make me feel better. It felt like false hope. In a way it also made me feel like they weren't taking the situation that seriously if that makes sense at all. I wish they had just said, "we will pray for you and your baby and whatever happens we will be here for you."
So maybe they were taking it seriously and dealing with it in their own way. I just didn’t see that at the time.